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Armed robbery, assault charges filed against teen

March 18, 2003|by MARLO BARNHART

marlob@herald-mail.com

After a daylong investigation into a Sunday morning robbery at 21 W. Antietam St., Hagerstown City Police charged a 16-year-old Baltimore youth as an adult.

John James Howard, of 1014 E. Belvedere Ave., Baltimore, was being held Monday at the Washington County Detention Center on $250,000 bond.

Howard was charged with one count each of attempted armed robbery, attempted robbery, first- and second-degree assault, use of a handgun in commission of a felony, reckless endangerment, wearing and carrying a handgun, and hindering a police officer.

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Investigators initially were unable to locate the two victims but Detectives Steve Hoover and Pat Moulton later found and interviewed the men.

The men said during the interview that Howard and another male allegedly met two women at a local bar and they all went to the women's residence at 21 W. Antietam St., Apt. 401, police said.

While there, the men arrived at around 2:47 a.m. and were let in by the women.

Police said that several minutes later, Howard allegedly pointed a handgun at one of the men and attempted to rob him. A struggle ensued as the man attempted to take the gun away from Howard, police said.

The second man told police he attempted to assist his friend and cut Howard in the face with a box cutter. During the struggle, the gun fell out of the fourth-floor window and the victims fled before officers arrived, police said.

A loaded 9 mm pistol was recovered, police said.

Howard went to Washington County Hospital. There, police said, they learned the man in the hospital had given a false age and name, was 16 and was wanted in Baltimore on armed robbery and other charges, for which he had been charged as an adult.

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